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Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla was an Indian American astronaut who was a mission specialist in the space shuttle Columbia. She first flew on the Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primarily roboticarm operator. She was one of the 7 crew members killed in the Space shuttle Columbia disaster. Kalpana was the first Indian born woman and the second Indian personality to fly in space.

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Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla was born on July 1, 1961 at Karnal in Haryana to Banarasi Lal Chawla and Sanjyothi. She enjoyed flying, hiking, back-packing and reading. She completed her schooling at Tagore Public School in Karnal. She did her Bachelor of Engendering degree in Aeronautic Engineering at Chandigarh in 1982. To Read More, Click Here.
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